Steve Bruce shares his half-time message to Aston Villa players

dSteve Bruce, manager of Aston Villa looks on with Colin Calderwood during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Sunderland at Villa Park on November 21, 2017 in...

Aston Villa drew at Elland Road in the Championship on Friday.

Villa manager Steve Bruce reacts after a near miss during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on September 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has revealed to the club’s official website what he told the players at half time during their game against Leeds United.

Villa played out a 1-1 draw with Leeds away from home at Villa Park in the Championship on Friday evening.

The West Yorkshire outfit took the lead in the 19th minute when Pontus Jansson scored.

Leeds were the better team in the first half, but the Villans stepped up their game in the second period when Henri Lansbury scored the equaliser on 71 minutes.

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on April 17, 2017 in London, England.

Villa manager Bruce has revealed that he told his players at half time.

“I said to them we had to look after the ball better and play with a bit more intensity when we didn't have it,” Bruce told Villa’s official website. “We had to get after the ball better because we were a bit easy on them in the first half.

“We had good opportunities but surrendered possession in good areas. But we looked a very decent team in the second half.”

Manager of Aston Villa Steve Bruce during the pre season friendly match between Aston Villa and Watford  at Villa Park on July 29, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

The draw with Leeds at Elland Road on Friday evening means that Villa are now fifth in the Championship table with 36 points from 20 matches.

The Villans will return to action next weekend when they take on Millwall at Villa Park in the Championship.

Given Bruce’s side’s current form, they should be able to win with ease against Millwall at home.

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